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Poro Point opens air link with Korea

[ manilastandardtoday.com] April 18, 2009
Barely two months after resuming commercial operations, the expanded San Fernando Airport in Poro Point, La Union, marks its first milestone by opening air link with the Cheongju International Airport in South Korea.

Direct flights between the two airports will begin on May 8, with an initial passenger traffic volume of some 20,000 Korean tourists, mostly students, their parents and other family members wanting to explore La Union, Baguio City and Benguet province.

Officials of Poro Point Management Corp., a subsidiary of the state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority, made this announcement upon arrival from their recent visit to Chungcheongbuk-do province in South Korea.

The delegation, headed by PPMC executive vice president and chief operating officer Anthony Manguiat, returned last April 2 from a “highly fruitful” visit to South Korea.

The BCDA, which spearheaded the expansion and upgrading of the San Fernando Airport facilities, expected substantial increases in tourist arrivals and investments in Northern Philippines.

The direct flights between the two airports are also expected to increase the stream of tourists to La Union and other northern provinces.

The group met with their Korean counterparts headed by Jang Soon Ja, director of the Korean Airports Corp., as well as with tourism and aviation officials of Chungcheongbuk-do.

Poro Point’s development alongside San Fernando Airport’s expansion are part of BCDA’s sustained conversion program where former US bases are transformed into centers of socio-economic development.

Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong) is a province in the center of South Korea, and was formed in 1896 from the northeastern half of the former Chungcheong province. Its capital is Cheongju.
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